Bukan Tentang Cinta

Saya tidak mengerti bagaimana cara berpikir orang-orang lain yang telah membaca buku Habibie & Ainun karangan Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie.
Tapi, bagi saya pribadi, hal-hal utama yang menginspirasi saya bukanlah hal-hal yang berhubungan dengan kisah cinta Pak Habibie dan Ainun.

Maaf saja, menurut saya, banyak buku buku lain yang dapat menggambarkan kisah cinta lebih baik daripada cara Pak Habibie menggambarkan rasa cintanya terhadap Ainun.

Menurut saya, yang justru SANGAT-SANGAT menginspirasi adalah rasa idealisme dan nasionalisme Pak Habibie.
Kekaguman saya ini akan saya gambarkan dengan cara menyitir secuil bagian dari buku Habibie & Ainun.

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(Sex) Scandal

How can it be, in this ostensibly enlightened age, when men and women live and work as peers and are schooled regularly in what conduct is acceptable and what is actionable, that anyone with so little judgment, so little honor, could rise to such heights?

We know that powerful men can be powerfully reckless, particularly when, like DSK, they stand at the brink of their grandest achievement. They tend to be risk takers or at least assess risk differently — as do narcissists who come to believe that ordinary rules don’t apply.

Both quotes were written by Nancy Gibbs in TIME (30/5/2011) on sex scandals involving Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dominique Strauss-Khan.
Read the full article here!

Undergraduates VS Graduates

The contemporary who had ‘wasted himself’ in advertising now had his own agency. He had recently been quoted in the paper as saying that he thought graduates weren’t worth the space.
“Give me a sixteen year old any day,” he had said.
“I am tired of these graduates who think they’re God’s gift because they can quote a bit of Plato.”

Stephen Fairweathers’ thought
The Tennis Party by Madeline Wickham (p.107)

Gift Giving

The entire institution of gift giving makes no sense.

Let’s say that I go out and I spent $50 on you, it’s a laborious activity because I have to imagine what you need whereas you know what you need.

I could simplify thing just give you the $50 directly and then you could give me $50 on my birthday and so on, until one of us dies leaving the other one old and $50 richer.

Sheldon CooperThe Big Bang Theory (S01E16)